Brothels and Intrigues
The PCs get called upon a job in a foreign city, with instructions to seek out a contact. This contact is a high paying prostitute, the mistress of her profession, who has many connections that the PCs have to call upon to complete their job. During their interactions it seems to the PCs that this ladys demeanour is unusually cold. On top of that, there is the complication that she shares a remarkable resemblance to a girl who the PCs had once encountered and parted with on a somewhat jarring note. For the girl was the daughter of a Lord who first ran into the PCs when she was chased by a group of thugs from whom the PCs rescued from, except that later the PCs were told by the Lord that the whole event was a prank that she often liked to spring on adventurers. Subsequently, the adventurers headed for the road again but then received a mysterious note from an urchin saying only that the girl had been kidnapped.
Possibilities/ Plot hooks:
1. The woman really is the girl from the 1st Encounter. Her kidnapping was real: she was captured by slavers but she managed to persuade an urchin to deliver a SOS note to the PCs but the PCs either ignored the note or couldn’t find her in time and she got sold into a brothel.
2. The woman is an imposter who, through magical means or otherwise, was made to look like the girl. She is an old adversary of the PCs who wanted to use sympathy from the PCs as a leverage to trick the PCs. This can be made into a side quest where the PCs try to untangle the fate of the real girl as well as dealing with the imposter.
Possible fate for the real girl
a. Same as 1, with the addition that the imposter is the mastermind behind the kidnapping or somehow linked to the mastermind who runs a scheme of kidnapping young women to use as free labor in brothels.
b. She is in fact safe and sound in her fathers house. The kidnapping was a prank and the imposter heard of her talk of this event and in her devious mind developed such a plot to trick the PCs.
3. The woman really is the girl from the 1st Encounter. She, however, isn’t really the Lords daughter as the PCs are led to believe. She is in fact part of his harem, the members of which he illegally captures and often resells to brothels when he is bored with them. She had already been with the Lord for quite a few years and it seems that throughout her personal charm, she will be a permanent fixture in his harem. However, she still yielded for her freedom and was carefully choosing the right moment to make her escape. But unfortunately, she chose wrongly and got sold into the brothel as punishment for her act of betrayal.
Bonus Plot (aka All-3-Jumbled-Into-1 as suggested by Muro, many thanks)
The woman is an imposter who, through magical means or otherwise, was made to look like the girl. She is an old adversary of the PCs who wanted to use sympathy from the PCs as a leverage to trick the PCs. As for the real girl, she really was kidnapped and sold into a brothel where the imposter came into contact with her and got the story of the prank she played on the PCs out of her. Additionally, the real girl isnt really the Lords daughter as the PCs are led to believe. She is in fact part of his harem, the members of which he illegally captures and often resells to brothels when he is bored with them. This girl, however, had already been with the Lord for quite a few years and is in fact one of his favoured mistresses that he has decided to keep permanently. (And for someone he decides to keep permanently, he really means business. He will stop at nothing to get the girl back!) On the girls part, she is someone with a strong character, who constantly yearns for her freedom and tries to escape from the Lord. The Lord, however, actually likes such spirited women and he in particular enjoys the thrill of hunting for his mistress when she escapes. The result of all these was that the girl was in the habit of periodically making escape attempts but every time she always got hunted down and the one time that she didn’t well, she got kidnapped and sold into a brothel.
This is not meant to be read as a stand-alone plot sub but rather an addition to the Tales of the Road Codex, utilising the format of Tales of Adventure.
Tales of Adventure are brief adventure plots or story elements, presented in a few paragraphs. What separates a Tale of Adventure from other plots is that it gives three different directions for the adventure to play out. They may be minor twists in how the original situation is presented, or they may turn the whole scenario upside down.